Freitag, 21. November 2014

The Journeymen - The Four Corners

There are probably countless artists out there that share the name with this rap group from Bristol. But when I'm talking about The Journeymen you know exactly what's coming, right? Exactly, its the rap formation that appeared on the "Where Pathways Meet" compilation with a bonus track off the sessions for this record.

Ealier this month the new album "The Four Corners" was released on AE Productions. 10 new tracks by the four MCs Coherent, Gee Swift, Rola, Truck and Mr. Fantastic on turntables. Every tune features well produced beats and fierce and gritty rap character. It's Hip Hop done the old school ways - a DJ and a group of rappers doing their thing without any artificial flavours. 

Get the full stream on Bandcamp or buy the album here.

Donnerstag, 20. November 2014

Perfect Toy Records Free Download Selection

Even though this one might be already a bit more than a year old, it is still here and free to download. What I'm talking about is a digital record that features some essential tracks that appeared on Perfect Toy Records.

It's not quite easy to find a lot about the German label on the internet except for a close connection to Tobias Kirmayer's Tramp Records. But maybe we should just let the musicians on this compilation speak. Here we find incredible Jazz artists like Deep Jazz, Hipnosis or Cesar's Salad, funk gems by Tommy Dark or Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers and even some fresh raps by Numskullz' "G.O.D." - and it's all for free. This is a great introduction into an interesting record label you should look out for in the future.

Get the stream and download on Bandcamp.

Dienstag, 18. November 2014

Mt. Mountain - EP

Mt. Mountain is a five piece rock band from Perth that will take you on an intense psychedelic trip. Combining interesting moods with a floating blues character this group really creates an indivdual approach to the rock genre.

Their latest release which is plainly entitled "EP" features five excellent tracks. From the start this record knows how to impresss with a kind of mood that will be your best friend while relaxing or a late night's drive. Sometimes you might even miss the transitions from one song to another on this trip. While other records are about special moments this one is one special moment in itself, stretching over 25 minutes with psychedelic guitars, slow rhythms and soothing vocals.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp and look out for the new single "Chantry" which will see its release soon.

Mittwoch, 12. November 2014

Soul Rev - Soul Rev Strikes !

The freshest Hip Hop Soul combination aka Soul Rev from the French west coast is back. "Soul Rev Strikes!" is the successor of lasts years "One More Time" by the dynamic producer duo Brother Lion and Dreego.

Again its that positive Neo-Soul and Rap flavour that flows through every track on this record. The numerous guest appearances by Nuclear, D’oz, Natty & Blew, Low, Juice, P. Lasret and many more put that exquisite vocal flow in Soul Rev's sound. Raps in french, english or spanish and soothing soul singing - it all blends together perfectly on this album. And let's not forget about the flawless production on the beats and instrumentals that create that fresh Soul Rev character. Don't miss out on this one, you will miss it at the latest when you start strolling the sunny streets next spring.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Dienstag, 11. November 2014

Julia Kadel Trio - Im Vertrauen

With Kekko Fornarelli, The North or Gogo Penguin this year has already some terrific albums by piano jazz trios but let me just add another one coming from Germany. Julia Kadel released her debut "Im Vertrauen" this summer featuring Steffen Roth on Drums and Karl-Erik Enkelmann on Bass.

You will find a lot of song-like compositions on this record that often blend into solo passages in which every member exactly knows how to fit into his or her role. While the focus rests on Kadel's piano she frequently makes room for her fellow musicians to play a more dominant part. "Im Vertrauen" showcases a perfect balance between solid songwriting and a dynamic playfulness, between the planned and the improvised. There's also a certain element of classical piano education that shines through tracks like "Alles Wolken" which is embedded in the trio's versatile sound.

You can stream a few clips on Soundcloud or listen to some older tracks on Bandcamp.